COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University junior Brendon Borkey tossed his first career complete game and shutout to help guide Crusaders Baseball to a win in game one of Thursday afternoon's doubleheader with Ohio Northern University. The Polar Bears evened the score with a win in game two, but did not dampen the mood surrounding Senior Day at Clowson Field.
GAME 1 – OHIO NORTHERN 0, CAPITAL 4
Game one was dominated by Brendon Borkey (Kirtland Hills, Ohio), who rolled through the Ohio Northern lineup and registered his first career complete game in a shutout win. While the Polar Bears sprinkled seven hits over the course of nine innings, no runner reached third base against him. He struck out two batters, walked zero, and induced 12 ground ball outs as opposed to 10 fly outs. He averaged fewer than 10 pitches per inning, totaling 87 in his outing.
The Crusaders posted two runs in the first and seventh innings. Junior Jake Foley (Pataskala, Ohio) led the home half of the first off with a double to right and later scored on a wild pitch by ONU hurler Nick Eltzroth. Sophomore Alexander Smith (Elk Grove, Calif.) walked and scored on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Cetnarowski to double up that lead.
Smith was also a part of the two-run seventh inning in which Capital scored without registering a hit. Brett Colburn walked and Smith reached base on a fielder's choice. The bases were loaded when Logan Bastin was hit by a pitch, setting the table for Cetnarowski again. His grounder to third scored one run and another sac fly by senior Kirby Boehm made the score 4-0 heading into the eighth.
Capital's defense also came to play, shown by the three double plays it turned. The middle combination of Joe Caporale at shortstop and Brett Colburn at second was tested and answered the call in each situation. They ended the game with a 6-4-3 double play to grant Borkey his fourth win of the season and keep Capital alive in the postseason race.
Boehm led Capital with two of the team's six hits, and had one run batted in. Cetnarowski posted two RBIs.
GAME 2 – OHIO NORTHERN 5, CAPITAL 1
Ohio Northern answered back in game two with T.J. Storer tossing 5.2 innings of one-run ball despite allowing seven hits. Capital scored once in the second inning with a run-scoring single by Caporale, but stranded six runners after scoring their lone run.
Errors cost Capital four of ONU's five runs. The Polar Bears tied the game in the fourth on a wild pitch, but on the play the throw to the plate grazed off of Eltzroth's helmet and skipped away, allowing an additional run to score. In the sixth, a throwing error by Caporale put the lead runner on, and a fielding error by Colburn allowed two runs to score and put ONU up 4-1. They added one more run when Andy Lubonovic singled, stole two bases and then crossed the plate on a passed ball.
Junior Jacob Sheaf (2-2) took the loss after throwing six innings and allowing four runs, only one of which was earned. He allowed just two hits and struck out three.
Storer (2-0) earned the win for ONU, while Alex Crabtree grabbed his first save with 3.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Following the game, Capital recognized its lone senior on the roster, Worthington, Ohio native Kirby Boehm. Boehm and his family were honored for their contributions on and off of the field which have influenced the Baseball program and the University.
Capital is now 19-15 overall and 7-9 in conference play. This Saturday marks the final regular season games of 2016 when the Crusaders head to University Heights to play John Carroll University. Capital is still alive in the race for the final postseason spot, but will need to sweep the Blue Streaks and get help in order to advance.
Follow the games on Saturday, which begin at 1 p.m., online at athletics.capital.edu.